Greece is the Word: Give Your Home a Mediterranean Makeover

March 5, 2015

Parthenon

Perhaps the lovable, Windex-wielding father from My Big Fat Greek Wedding put it best when he said: “There are two kinds of people – Greeks, and everyone else who wish they was Greek.”

Considering the impact ancient Greeks have had on modern democracy, philosophy, science, sport, art and architecture, there’s no denying we have a lot to thank and praise them for.

And, of course, we couldn’t exclude the most important surviving building of Classical Greece from our Wonders of the World series.

Constructed on the Athenian Acropolis in 447 BC to honor the goddess Athena, the Parthenon is one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments in addition to being widely regarded as the finest example of Greek architecture. Although the Parthenon has suffered substantial structural damage during its lengthy existence, it is a testament to Greek engineering brilliance.

Using the glorious Grecian sight as our muse, we’ve put together a few rooms + tips to help you channel Mediterranean style in your space.

Greece is the Word: Mediterranean Bedroom

GO-TO PALETTE: Blue and White

In addition to evoking the serenity and beauty of the Greek Isles, blue and white are the colors of the Greek flag.

Greece is the Word: Mediterranean Living Room

GO-TO PATTERNS: Chevron and Greek Key

The iconic chevron zig-zag can be traced back as early as 1800 BC on pottery designs from the palace of Knossos on Crete. Distinguished by its meandering motif, the Greek key – also referred to as the Greek fret – was a fundamental decorative element for Greeks and Romans and is believed to symbolize infinity and unity.

Greece is the Word: Mediterranean Dining Room

GO-TO TEXTURES: Wood, Ceramic, Stucco and Stone

Greek design commonly subscribes to a “less is enough” aesthetic and is characterized by natural, rustic materials.

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